Western Mountains and High Plains
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Favorite or New Plant
One of my favorite soft-needled evergreens is concolor fir (Abies concolor), with its wonderful bluish green foliage and pyramidal form. It will add a bold statement in the landscape. Give it plenty of room to grow and spread. Keep this fir watered regularly to maintain its beauty and prevent needle desiccation. There is a dwarf cultivar for use in a rock garden. Seek out Abies concolor 'Compacta'.